Also known as sweet potato squash because of its flavor or peanut squash because of its shape. Delicata is very productive and stores well throughout the winter and into spring. Enjoy its fine grained, light orange flesh steamed or baked. Approximately 100 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds directly in garden in late spring after weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Seeds can also be started in individual peat pots indoors or in the greenhouse 2 to 3 weeks before setting out. Cover seeds with 1/2 to 3/4 inch fine soil well firmed down.
SPACING: Plant 6 to 8 seeds per hill spaced 3 to 4 feet apart. Space rows 3 feet apart.
THINNING & TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant to 3 healthiest plants per hill. Leave 18 to 24 inches between plants in rows.
GERMINATI0N: One to two weeks depending upon weather and soil warmth. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Delicata's medium length semi-bush vines do not take over the whole garden. Grow in a sunny location with rich, somewhat moist, well drained soil. Harvest and enjoy earliest fruit, save later maturing fruit for winter storage. Gather before frost leaving part of stem attached. Store in a cool dry place.